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In praise of newborns & all mums

March 31, 2014

Mothers’ Day 2014 (30 March) may have passed (in the UK anyway, Oz and the southern hemisphere is on Sunday 11 May 2014) – along with the chocolates my lovely kids gave me and the flowers I gave my mum. But you could use all that mumsy good will as a reminder to give any help you can to those who have just given birth (or are just about to do so)…  For more ideas about thrifty, creative and eco-friendly ways to raise children follow this blog or get my book Homemade Kids, out of the library. This post is by Nicola Baird, also see


Adorable spring, wonderful new borns. Us humans often need a bit of extra help though.

Did you know that there are laughter experts? Yes, people who can teach you to laugh more – some of them as a result of attending a laughter therapy course, see here. Well new mum Kate is one of those people. Not so long ago she was even invited into TV’s Big Brother house to wake the contestants up with some laughing exercises – imagine how hard that would be. You can find out more about Kate’s work at her very cheerful website,

Just recently Kate’s given birth to her first child, a cute boy, who looks very fine in his just born photo wearing a rainbow cardigan. Instead of relaxing on her babymoon (the time when mum and baby get to know each other) one of the first things Kate did was to send an email thanking people for their help on her birth journey. She found that

  • Natal hynotherapy workshops helped her give birth with no pain relief
  • Turtle Tums classes (aquanatal swimming) kept her strong and flexible, and encouraged her to have her baby in a pool birth
  • Knowing the Golden Thread Breath helped her get through all the contractions.
  • One of her friends painted a rainbow over the words “Baby X” on her bump. It makes a beautiful birth announcement photo to share but also Kate liked it for “allowing me to honour my body’s achievements”.
  • Yoga helped her conceive, as did conception-enhancing reflexology, which she liked because it was “relaxing, and non-invasive”
This book was fun to write, and I still make use of it (not just for weighing down shopping wish lists)......Kate liked my book too. Here’s what she said:
“Homemade Kids has pointed me towards so many brilliant ideas and philosophies with wit and warmth that have informed my pregnancy and will continue to influence my parenting style! I especially liked your attitude that whatever choices parents make, they are all doing their best and that compassion and tolerance are the best we can teach our children, rather than being preachy.”
Good luck to any of you with babies… As for the rest of us, maybe seek out people with newborns and offer to mind their bigger kids, do a washing up session or pop round with some nourishing food for the freezer.
Over to you
What ideas do you have for helping new mums? Do share.



How you make a book buzz

July 5, 2010

Craft, chat and watermelon at the Homemade Kids book launch.

The number crunching part of this blog tells me that around 90 people read each post. Thank you! This is rather a cheeky post, and it’s from me, Nicola. (Pic is of a child-friendly activity at the launch party which was attended by lots of Freightliners Farm animals, and a few of the brilliant mums interviewed in the book too. Super hot weather, chicken pox, fevers, grannies and even childbirth caused some no shows.)

1) Firstly, I’m going to beg. Buy the book ASAP. Please log on to the new and rather fab website,, generously made for me by my friend Jane, then click on the first mention of the book title which takes you to direct to Amazon so you can buy it. 

Why buy it this way? Well, before Homemade Kids was released it was the millionth best seller on Amazon (ie, not good!), but today (monday 5 July) it is sitting at 138,496. With your help I’d like to see just how high up the best-selling ranks we can take a book. Call it purse power if you like!

2) If you do get your hands on Homemade Kids could  you review it on Amazon. A sentence is fine! Apparently reviews on Amazon are the BEST way to get some buzz going about thrifty, creative and eco-friendly ways to raise children – that’s what Louise, my editor at Random House says anyway. 

Workshops on 12, 19 July, 20, 27 Sep & 4 Oct. Book:020 7527 6726

The store price is £11.99, it was sold for a tenner at the launch but at Amazon it is £8.24 (with free postage if you click the right links!). What else can you buy for £8.24? Well, quite a lot, but the benefit of getting Homemade Kids to a wider public – and it will if loads of you buy it this week – is huge. For a start you may find more families living nearer you are more willing to swap clothes, games and even childcare. It might help you set up a babysitting circle so you can have a night out again with your significant other or just meet more curious and/or likeminded mums. And dads. And carers. (Pic is of a dad enjoying the treasure box workshop I ran on 30 June – the next ones are being held at Islington’s i-Recycle centre. They are free, but you have to book).

My nine-year old Nell, insisted I add an acrostic set of reasons

to buy your own copy of Homemade Kids:

Happy birthday – great gift for new parents (or yourself)
Offer: just £8.24 on Amazon, bought via my new website, click here.
Mums love books about child care
Easy things to do with even the littlest children
Minutes drag but the years fly – that’s how childcare can seem, so make those early days happy ones
Arty ideas, crafty ideas, plus loads of ways to reuse things…
Dads could use it to help argue for more child-friendly working hours
Entertaining & informative

Kind, humane ways to raise your child that teaches them to think and tackle climate change
Ideas emporium from leaking nappies to right-on party bags
Definitely no lecturing inside
Saves you money, and improves the world. Not bad for a book…

On the statu(t)e books
If we can get Homemade Kids up the best-seller charts then I’ll go and offer a thank you (possibly a copy of the book or a hand-drawn pic) to the Peter Pan statue in Hyde Park at the weekend.

Thanks everyone.  Nicola x

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